May 5, 2016
For Immediate Release
Contact: Mark Adkins
Pitt-Greensburg's Dodson, Williams' Duff honored
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DALLAS (NCBWA) Pitt-Greensburg's Ryan Dodson and Williams College's Tyler Duff were tabbed the National Collegiate Baseball Writers' Association Division III Hitter and Pitcher of the Week for the period of April 25-May 1.

Dodson, a junior outfielder from Bethel Park, Pa., led a sparkling week for Division III hitters. The Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference's Hitter of the Week proved extremely efficient for the Bobcats, going 10-for-12 over a three-game span against Medaille and Waynesburg. He posted a .883 batting average that included a walk, five doubles, five runs, and eight RBI. Dodson's numbers also featured an .846 on base percentage and 1.250 slugging percentage.

Duff, a junior right-hander from Orefeld, Pa., was nearly perfect for the Ephs in a clash against conference opponent Hamilton April 30. The New England Small College Athletic Conference's Pitcher of the Week was one hit away from achieving a perfect game. In a must-win situation, Duff allowed a lead-off single in the first, then retired 21 straight batters to finish with a one-hit shutout in a 3-0 victory. He did not walk or hit a batter, and struck out six Continentals, while leveling his record at 2-2 and lowering his ERA to 3.70.

Honorable Mention Hitters: Will Welsh, Fr., OF, Lancaster Bible College Guided the Chargers to a 3-1 week after posting a scorching .750 batting average while knocking in 10 runs and scoring eight more. Six of Welsh's 12 hits went for extra bases, including three home runs and three doubles that helped him post a .750 on-base percentage and a 1.500 slugging percentage in 16 plate appearances. He opened the week going 7-for-8 with three home runs, a double, seven RBIs and six runs scored in a doubleheader sweep over Summit April 28, which included a perfect 5-for-5 effort with four RBIs and four runs scored in game one. Welsh then followed that up by going 5-for-8 with a pair of doubles, three RBIs and two runs scored in a conference split with Penn State Berks April 30. Justin Cassinelli, Sr., INF, Susquehanna Hit for the cycle in a May 1 13-3 win over Elizabethtown to cap off a week in which compiled a .625 batting average with 10 hits, nine runs scored and 10 RBI. He had two doubles, one triple and four homers for a 1.625 slugging percentage and a .650 on-base percentage. He walked twice, stole two bases and struck out just twice in 16 at-bats. He also did not commit an error and had 12 putouts. He had at least one hit in all four games and had two games with at least three hits. He also scored at least one run in every game and had a week-high six RBI in loss at Keystone. Seth Douglas, Jr., 1B/DH, SUNY-Canton Turned in a monster week hitting 14-for-21 from the plate (.667) to lead the Roos to a 4-1 week and back into the thick of playoff contention with a 2-0 weekend v. Elmira College. He finished the week with 14 RBI, two home runs, two doubles and two triples to go with a 1.238 slugging percentage. He opened the week going 4-for-4 with three runs, a home run and 4 RBI in a 9-4 win at SUNY Poly. He followed that up with a 3-for-3 performance with three runs, 3 RBI, a double and a walk in the Roos only loss of the week v. the Wildcats. Douglas produced two hits including a triple and 4 RBI in a 16-12 victory v. St. Lawrence April 28. The Wisconsin native then combined to go 5-for-8 with three runs, 3 RBI, a double and a triple in a pair of huge Empire 8 wins (10-4, 6-5) vs. Elmira April 30.

Honorable Mention Pitchers: Jon Mierzwa, Fr., RHP, Catholic In a must-win situation, Mierzwa took the mound for Catholic for the greatest performance of his rookie season. The freshman pitched a full seven innings for the Cardinals in game two of their final Landmark Conference series versus Juniata. Mierzwa shutout the Eagles, registering a career and season-high 13 strikeouts. He dealt a nearly perfect game, giving up just one hit in the top of the sixth to help keep Catholic's playoff hopes alive. Nanak Saran, So., RHP, The College of Wooster Went 2-0 on the hill last week for the Scots and extended his consecutive scoreless streak to 20 innings in wins over Kenyon and Oberlin. Saran held Kenyon scoreless for seven innings of an April 27 12-1 win, before tossing a 9.0 inning shutout in a 6-0 victory over the Yeomen May 1. In 16.0 total innings on the week, he scattered just nine hits and struck out 10 batters.

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2016 NCBWA Division III Players of the Week:
Week ending Feb. 21: Tommy Vitaletti, Christopher Newport (Hitter); Greg Schneider, Frostburg State (Pitcher)
Week ending Feb. 28: Andrew Waters, Trinity, Texas (Hitter); Andrew Stull, Rose-Hulman (Pitcher)
Week ending March 6: Joe Zimmer, Whitman (Hitter); Matt Backlund, Alvernia (Pitcher)
Week ending March 13: Justin Taylor, Lancaster Bible (Hitter); Brian Bohman, Penn State-Behrend (Pitcher)
Week ending March 20: Aaron Barclay, Washington College (Hitter); Sam Gillespie, Kenyon (Pitcher)
Week ending March 27: Marcus Begg, Southern Virginia (Hitter); Mark Iseneker, St. John Fisher (Pitcher)
Week ending April 3: Ben Kenning, Thomas More (Hitter); Jake Perkins, Ferrum (Pitcher)
Week ending April 10: Taylor Kohlwey, UW-La Crosse (Hitter); Sam Tinkham, Grinnell (Pitcher)
Week ending April 17: Colton Parker, Hardin-Simmons (Hitter); Felix Baez, Keystone (Pitcher)
Week ending April 24: Willie Doll, St. Mary's, Minnesota (Hitter); Dylan Gausman, Concordia (Pitcher)
Week ending May 1: Ryan Dodson, Pitt-Greenburg (Hitter); Tyler Duff, Williams (Pitcher)
Week ending May 8: Richard Fecteau, Salem State (Hitter); Walter Talcott, Earlham (Pitcher)